A Kwara State High Court has sentenced an undergraduate, Abdulsalam Oyeyemi to one year in prison for impersonating an American military officer to defraud members of the public. Justice Mahmood Abdulgafarof passed the sentence in Illorin over the weekend.
The Ilorin Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on July 29, 2021, arraigned Oyeyemi, 23, on a one-count charge bordering on impersonation and internet scam, the suspect has already pleaded guilty to all the charges.
Counsel to the EFCC, Aliyu Adebayo, led an operative of the commission to review the facts of the case.
Delivering judgment in the case, Justice Abdulgafar said the court had observed the case carefully, the plea of guilt entered by the defendant, his extrajudicial statements and the exhibits tendered before the court, and found merit in it.
Justice Abdulgafar thereafter sentenced Oyeyemi to one year in prison at Mandala Correctional Centre in Ilorin. He ordered that the sentencing be suspended for one year.
The judge also ordered the forfeiture of the convict’s iPhone and the Manager’s cheque of N200,000 which he raised as restitution to the Federal Government.
So many incriminating materials were found on the defendant upon arrest, they were tendered and admitted in as evidence. These include the defendant’s extrajudicial statements, fraudulent messages printed out of his phones and the manager’s cheque (bank draft) of N200, 000, which he raised as restitution to the victim.